WINE AND CHEESE OPEN HOUSE
Tuesday, Feb. 16
Location: Wellshire Presbyterian Church, 2999 S. Colorado Blvd.
This is your chance to get together informally with course facilitators and fellow members of the Academy, to renew connections, pick up handouts and find out about any changes in the course schedules, – all while enjoying the music of a talented quartet from the Colorado Youth Symphony. Bring a friend or neighbor to find out what the Academy is all about, too. But let them know that many of the courses may already be filled by Feb. 16.
Coffee Open House
Thursday, Feb. 18
10 am-12 noon
Location: Wellshire Presbyterian Church, 2999 S. Colorado Blvd.
Bring your friends to what is expected to be an enlightening conversation with Carlotta Walls Lanier. A Denver resident whose memoir, A Mighty Long Way, chronicles her experience as one of the Little Rock Nine, Carlotta broke a key civil rights barrier in 1957 by integrating Little Rock’s Central High School. She will read a few excerpts starting at 10:30 and then will be amenable to answering any questions you may have about her experiences over 50 years ago, or since that time, including receiving a Congressional Gold Medal from President Clinton. Come early or stay afterwards to enjoy coffee and muffins, talk with friends old and new, and test out our computerized Brain Fitness programs.
CU SCIENCE SAMPLER
Lectures from the Cutting Edge
Lecturers: CU Science Professors
Part 1: 5 Wednesdays, Feb. 24—Mar. 31 (skips Mar. 24)
10 am-12 noon
Part 2: 4 Thursdays, Apr. 8—Apr. 29
10 am-12 noon
Members may attend one lecture for free—just arrive early and sign in.
The University of Colorado at Boulder has put together an extraordinary series of timely science lectures featuring 17 distinguished faculty members. You needn’t be a science nerd to take advantage of this rare opportunity to learn about recent scientific discoveries and get acquainted with accomplished faculty at Colorado’s flagship university. No prerequisites, required reading, or quizzes. And no jargon, detailed mathematical analyses, or graphs that are confusing. The lectures will be in language we can all understand. Each lecture stands alone, so you won’t fall behind if you have to miss a class. All lectures take place at Wellshire Presbyterian Church. Members in the spring term are invited to attend one class session for free: please arrive early and sign in. For details about the lecture topics and professors, see the purple insert.
THE BIOLOGY OF AGING
Instructor: Paula Enrietto
3 Wednesdays, Apr. 14—Apr. 28
10 am-12 noon
$20 (nonmembers $35)
Why do some people seem older (or younger) than their chronological age? We’ll explore various theories of aging and find out why no amount of anti-wrinkle cream can help us escape the effects of aging. We’ll discuss the molecular changes that occur normally over time and learn about the difference between natural aging and disease—consequences like cardiovascular disease that result from genetic disposition and lifestyle choices. You’ll find out what role free radicals play in oxidative stress and learn the current thinking about whether anti-oxidants have any effect on aging. Armed with a new understanding of the biology of aging, you’ll be better prepared to act as an -informed advocate of your own health care.
Instructor: Paula Enrietto has a doctoral degree in virology (the study of viruses) and has taught both medical and graduate students. She helps individuals become strong, educated advocates in their own health care.
THE BIG BANG: STARS, GALAXIES & DARK STUFF
Instructor: Lew House
5 Tuesdays, Feb. 23—Mar. 23
10 am-12 noon
Lecture, videos, Q&A
This course for laymen will use images from the Hubble Space Telescope, among other visuals, to show how the universe evolved and what its future might be. We’ll look back in time to the beginning (the Big Bang), consider the formation of matter into stars and galaxies, and ponder the two most important questions that remain to be answered in cosmology: What is “dark energy,” and what is “dark matter”? We will not discuss spiritual, religious, or other nonscientific concepts about the origin of the universe. No physics or math is required—only an open mind and curiosity about the workings of this beautiful place we call the cosmos.
Recommended reading: Iain Nicolson, Dark Side of the Universe: Dark Matter, Dark Energy, and the Fate of the Cosmos (Johns Hopkins U. Press, 2007); The Infinite Cosmos: Questions from the Frontiers of Cosmology (Oxford, 2006).
Lew House is an astrophysicist who has been a principal investigator on two major NASA satellite projects and has advised corporate executives on the use of advanced technologies in strategic planning. In retirement, he studies history and enjoys keeping track of developments in many areas of scientific inquiry.
HUMAN BEHAVIOR & NEUROBIOLOGY
Are We Hardwired? Part 2
Instructor: Bennie Bub
10 Thursdays, Feb. 18—Apr.29 (skips Mar. 18)
NOTE: starts 2/18 (early)
$20 Notebook of reference materials (same Notebook used in Part 1)
Lectures, videos, Q&A
You possess the only organ in the world capable of trying to dissect its own function—a brain. But most of us have very little understanding about our bodies, much less our brain and nervous system. Neurobiology (the biological study of the nervous system) is one of the 50 or so overlapping, affiliated scientific fields comprising neuroscience. It is in a state of constant flux as newer investigative methods (such as functional MRI) provide clarifying insights. This is the second part of this course, which began in Fall 2009, but it is not necessary to have taken Part 1 in order to enjoy Part 2. After a brief review we will continue our exploration of the interrelationships of some very complex factors inherent in human behavior. Concepts such as the evolution of human behavior (including cooperation and competition) and the evolution of genes and the genetics of behavior as well as aggression, music and the emotions will be examined.
Neuro Notebook: All information in the notebook plus additional absorbing articles are on the Academy web site under “Course Materials” and may be read or printed at your leisure. (www.AcademyLL.org)
Highly recommended reading: Michael S. Gazzaniga, The Ethical Brain (Dana Press, 2005).
Instructor: Bennie Bub, MD, FRCS, is a South African neurosurgeon board-certified in three different specialties on three continents. After immigrating to the US in 1976, he practiced in Denver as an anesthesiologist for more than 20 years before founding a successful database company, from which he retired to indulge his love of music, travel and reading.
Re-imagining More of History’s Turning Points
Facilitator: Susan Blake-Smith
6 Wednesdays, Mar.10—Apr. 28 (skips Mar. 17 & Mar. 24)
1:30 pm-3:30 pm
$15 Academy will order your book for you
What if Truman had not dropped the bomb? What if Napoleon had invaded the United States? What if Lincoln had not freed the slaves? Join six serious history buffs in this lively discussion class speculating about what might have been. Jon Medved will consider how World War II might have turned out without Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and Greg Raih will delve into Chiang Kai-shek’s influence on modern China. Retired Rear Admiral Dick Young will examine what might have happened if Teddy Roosevelt had been elected to a third term. Course coordinator Susan Blake-Smith and Nanette Fishman will ponder the outcome of the Civil War without the Emancipation Proclamation. Taking us even further back in time, Kathleen Reilly Sevier will help us explore how things might have changed if Napoleon had invaded the United States. And Judith Baenen will pose the fascinating query, “What if Pontius Pilate had prevented the crucifixion of Jesus Christ?” Participants must have the required reading book or the Academy can order it for you (request and pay for one on the registration form).
Required reading: Selected chapters from Robert Crowley, The Collected What If? Eminent Historians Imagine What Might Have Been (Putnam, 2001). Caution: There are several What If? books.
Their History & Legacy
Facilitator: Walt Meyer
6 Tuesdays, Mar. 9—Apr. 13
1:30 pm-3:30 pm
Lectures, videos & discussion
Although they continue to make headlines, confrontations between the West and the Middle East are hardly new. Perhaps the most consequential of these occurred almost one thousand years ago when the capture of Jerusalem during the first Crusade led to the creation of the Kingdom of Jerusalem, the establishment of the military religious orders (Templars, Hospitallers etc.), the unification of the Muslims under Saladin, and subsequent Crusades, including the aborted Crusade of Richard and Phillip, then Kings of England and France respectively. We’ll discuss all of these, as well as the lesser-known fourth and fifth Crusades against Byzantium and Egypt, and several intracontinental crusades in Europe. And naturally, we will reflect on the legacy of the Crusades, which affects the thinking of Christians, Jews, and Muslims even today. Why would some consider the crusades “the Jihad of the West?”
Recommended reading and viewing: Two DVDs: The movie “The Kingdom of Heaven”, and the History Channel presentation of the Crusades; Louise Riley-Smith and Jonathan Riley-Smith, The Crusades: Idea and Reality, 1095-1274 (Edward Arnold, 1981).
Facilitator: Walt Meyer is a “retired technocrat” whose recent study of Islam has rekindled his long interest in the Crusades and their considerable impact on current relations between Islam and the West.
EVOLUTION OF THE CONSTITUTION
Instructor: Dan Lynch
10 Tuesdays, Feb.23—Apr. 27
1:30 pm-3:30 pm
In this broad-brush survey, we’ll trace the development of our republic’s most elemental code of conduct, from the original version drafted by the Founding Fathers in Philadelphia to the latest rulings on criminal law and the right to privacy. Among the topics we’ll cover are the circumstances leading to the adoption of the Bill of Rights, the early importance of Chief Justice John Marshall, the impacts of slavery and the Civil War, the amendments passed in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and the legacies of the Warren, Rehnquist, and Roberts courts.
Required reading: A book of your choice on each of these 3 subjects: Philadelphia Constitutional Convention of 1787, Bill of Rights, and the 14th Amendment. Recommended reading: Alexander Hamilton, James Madison & John Jay, The Federalist Papers.
Instructor: Denver lawyer Dan Lynch has long been fascinated by the interplay between government and religion. As author of Our Fading Religious Liberties: Government Using Religion (2008), he argues that—under the US Constitution, Bill of Rights, and 14th Amendment—the State must not only remain separate from the church but is precluded from exercising any power at all over religion.
UNCONVENTIONAL WARFARE: Winning Wars in the 21st Century Facilitator: Bob Mendes
8 Wednesdays, Mar. 10—Apr. 28
10 am-12 noon
Lecture, discussion, videos
In this timely look at a subject that is constantly in the news, we begin by studying the evolution of warfare from the tribal militias of the pre-Christian Middle East and Asia to the large standing armies of 19th and early 20th century Europe, capped by Germany’s breakthrough World War II “blitzkrieg” strategy. Next we take up the formation of guerrilla forces and their effective use by Mao Tse Tung in 1930s China, by Ho Chi Minh in Vietnam a decade later, and more recently by groups in Iraq and Afghanistan. Finally, we consider how these new forms of warfare can be confronted by a strong, high-tech military power like the United States, possibly through the development of robots that mimic human soldiers and carry out operations without endangering flesh and blood.
Recommended reading: Col. Thomas X. Hammes, USMC, The Sling and the Stone (Zenith Press, 2006).
Facilitator: Bob Mendes is a widely traveled retired petroleum engineer with a special interest in military history.
THE WAR IN THE PACIFIC, 1941-1945
Instructor: Dick Young
7 Thursdays, Mar. 18—Apr. 29
1:30 pm-3:30 pm
Naval warfare changed dramatically with the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Focusing on this transformation, we’ll review the War in the Pacific and consider whether the US island-hopping strategy made sense. We’ll follow battles from Guadalcanal to the life-and-death struggles on Iwo Jima and Okinawa and the Battle of the Philippines. We’ll also explore the effectiveness of the air war: the B-25 raid on Tokyo, fire bomb raids on Japanese cities, and the use of the atomic bomb. We’ll look at the home front as well and see how the US began turning out 48,000 aircraft a year almost overnight and building Liberty Ships in a mere 18 days.
Instructor: Dick Young, a political activist and history buff, is earning a Master’s in History forty years after taking his law degree at the University of Michigan. Young has taught a course on Pearl Harbor at various Elderhostels and the continuing education programs of several universities.
SOLVING the LINDBERGH KIDNAPPING CASE
Facilitator: Ted Borrillo
4 Thursdays, Apr. 1—Apr. 22
10 am-12 noon
Delve into one of our country’s most notorious crimes—not the O. J. Simpson case, but one that H. L. Mencken called “the biggest story since the Resurrection.” We’ll sort through the clues and evidence surrounding the 1932 kidnapping and murder of the “Lindbergh baby” as if we were detectives seeking a solution. We’ll revisit each aspect of the case from the abduction of the toddler from the New Jersey home of his parents to the discovery of his body two months later and the 1934 arrest of Bruno Richard Hauptmann as a suspect. Finally we’ll review his trial and subsequent execution in 1936.
Facilitator: Ted Borrillo, a former chief deputy district attorney in Denver, has had an abiding personal interest in this case. Having once lived not far from Hauptmann’s home in the Bronx, he has visited the site of the trial, seen the cell where Hauptmann was imprisoned, and even spoken to the prosecutor.
FINE ARTS & MUSIC
IMPRESSIONISM, PART 1
Facilitator: David Wallack
8 Tuesdays, Mar. 9—Apr. 27
10 am-12 noon
Video lectures, slides, discussion, participant reports
If you’ve always loved French impressionists but can’t tell one from the other, this is the course for you. We’ll examine the similarities and differences among all the important artists of the movement beginning with proto-impressionists Courbet and Manet and highlighting Monet, Renoir, Pissarro, Sisley, Morisot, and even Degas, who stubbornly resisted the impressionist label. We’ll see how the art world responded to Baudelaire’s call for paintings of “modern life” and explore the radical social and intellectual changes taking place against the backdrop of Napoleon III’s transformation of Paris along classical lines. This is a repeat of a popular course offered previously.
Recommended reading: Françoise Bayle, A Fuller Understanding of the Paintings at Orsay (Artlys, 200l); Robert L. Herbert, Impressionism (Yale Univ. Press, 1988).
Facilitator: Despite his busy medical practice, David Wallack has continued researching art history, his undergraduate major at Columbia College. He indulges his love for art at museums across the US and around the world, when he isn’t pursuing his other lifelong fixation—baseball.
DAM GREAT ART
Embrace the Contemporary
Coordinators: Joanne Mendes & Marty Corren
5 Wednesdays, Feb. 24—Mar. 24
$75 (includes museum tour fee, printed materials, and the book Embrace!)
Tours at the Denver Art Museum
“Do you call this art?” “Any six-year-old could do that!” Open your mind and your eyes as we embrace contemporary art. Denver Art Museum staff and docents lead us through a course that begins with an in-depth look at “Embrace!” a special exhibition for which seventeen artists from around the world created mind-blowing site-specific works that take advantage of the challenging spaces of the Hamilton Building’s unique architecture. We explore in depth the DAM’s contemporary collection. These galleries currently focus on the human figure and present a dialogue on art, politics, social issues, and contemporary themes. Participants must be (or become) DAM members.
Recommended reading: Embrace! Exhibition catalogue, Volumes I & II (2009), Denver Art Museum.
Coordinators: Longtime art enthusiast Joanne Mendes has recently retired from a career spent organizing programs in art history in London and at the Denver Art Museum. The Academy’s liaison with the Denver Art Museum, Marty Corren joined the museum as a volunteer in 2006 and serves as an outstanding and popular docent. Both have a special interest and experience in the modern and contemporary collections at the Denver Art Museum.
WHAT IS MODERN ART?
One Man’s View
Facilitator: Henry Claman
4 Thursdays, Feb. 25—Mar. 18
1:30 pm-3:30 pm
Lecture, discussion, slides, participant reports
From cave paintings to Michelangelo’s “David,” art has defined our common humanity for 30,000 years. In this brief course, we’ll survey the series of “isms” that have followed each other with dizzying speed in Western art of the 20th century. As we examine works from major movements like expressionism, minimalism, and postmodernism, we’ll seek answers to questions such as: What are the criteria for “good” art, and who sets them? Does contemporary art reflect society’s concerns more closely than traditional art? What does a drip painting by Jackson Pollack “mean”—or is that even the right question?
Recommended reading: Robert Hughes, The Shock of the New (Knopf 1080, 1991);
Erika Doss, Twentieth-Century American Art (Oxford, 2002).
Facilitator: Henry Claman is a retired physician with the University of Colorado School of Medicine who has been fascinated by art since his childhood in New York City, where he was born near the Metropolitan Museum and “art was in the air.”
CONTEMPORARY CLASSICAL MUSIC:
Principles & Performance
Instructor: Colin Thurmond
7 Wednesdays, Mar. 17—Apr. 28
10 am-12 noon
Lecture, discussion, video
Still having a hard time appreciating contemporary classical music? Find out what you’re missing in this survey of the best loved and the most despised classical music of the 20th and 21st centuries. We’ll use CDs and DVDs to look at key composers and the works they’ve produced and see how this music grew out of the history, culture, and politics of its time. We’ll discuss the fortunes of classical music generally—how it has waxed and waned in popularity—as we find out how younger generations are shaping the course of new music, and how composers are synthesizing ideas from the past and from across the world to come up with original styles.
Required Reading: Alex Ross, The Rest is Noise (Picador, 2008).
Instructor: Currently completing a master’s in music at DU, Colin Thurmond is an award-winning performer with a passionate interest in chamber music and a strong commitment to contemporary works.
Hands on Steel Drums
Instructor: Tom Miller
All classes meet at Lamont School of Music, 2344 E. Iliff Ave.
3 Wednesdays, Feb. 24—Mar. 10
10 am-12 noon
Thursday, Mar. 4 7:30 pm concert
Lecture, discussion, video, hands-on participation
The steel drum, or pan, is a unique instrument, and one of the most recently invented. Skillfully hammered, a 55-gallon oil drum can produce the full chromatic range of tones and make just about any type of music you can think of. The first two sessions will focus on learning to play the instrument in preparation for a group performance at the Thursday, March 4, 7:30 concert with the Lamont School of Music. The final session will explore the drum’s origin as a means of expression for street gangs in 1930s Trinidad and its current use in orchestrated musical competitions that showcase its joyous sound and versatility. This class is limited to 15 participants willing to release their inner-drummer on the Lamont stage.
Instructor: Tom Miller is a performer, composer, and arranger of steel drum music. As one of the most respected soloists and clinicians in the country, his credits include tours and live performances with his own group, Pan Ramajay, and recordings with artists like Allison Krause and the late John Denver.
HOW MUSIC WORKS
Instructor: Robin McNeil
10 Thursdays, Feb. 25—Apr. 29
1:30 pm-3:30 pm
If you’re one of those music lovers who enjoys concerts and even singing and playing music, but who has no idea how music is “built,” this easy to understand course in basic music theory is your ticket to even greater appreciation. With CDs and a piano at hand, we will study music’s building blocks—scales, chords, intervals, and so forth—and learn why a piece by Mozart sounds different from one by Debussy, or why a major key sounds upbeat and a minor one sounds depressing, ominous, or sad. Along the way, we’ll consider how melody, harmony, rhythm, and dynamics are all affected by the overall “architecture” of a musical work, just as traffic patterns, office layouts, and noise levels in a building are influenced by its structure.
Instructor: Concert pianist Robin McNeil taught at the University of Illinois and the University of South Dakota, in addition to serving as executive director of the Denver Philharmonic Orchestra.
LITERATURE & WRITING
HISTORY OF THEATRE
From Aeschylus to Zillur
Instructor: Rebecca Gorman
5 Tuesdays, Feb. 23—Mar. 23
10 am-12 noon
As a performance art, theater is a basic human need. Where there is civilization, there is some form of theater; yet, few of us understand quite why theatre takes the form it does today, or how actors and directors do what they do. With dynamic lectures and lively discussions this class will examine theatrical traditions and conventions from ancient times to the present day, and show how trends on the stage reflect the values of society at large. While focusing mainly on Western European theater, we’ll devote at least one session to the history of the American musical.
Recommended reading: William Missouri Downs, The Art of the Theatre Then and Now; Sophocles, Oedipus Rex; Moliere, The Misanthrope; Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest; Henrik Ibsen. A Doll’s House; Tennessee Williams, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.
Instructor: Rebecca Gorman is in her sixth year as a professor of English at Metro State, where she teaches courses in drama, writing, and cinema studies.
The Doctor-Patient Relationship in Literature & Art
Facilitators: Henry Claman & Therese Jones
6 Tuesdays, Feb. 23—Mar. 30
Lecture, discussion, video
The relationship between medicine and the arts is as old as the Greeks and as new as the TV show House. Many great writers have had medical training, including Keats, Chekhov, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and William Carlos Williams. Conversely, countless physicians have written about their practices in ways more literary than scientific, among them Richard Seltzer and Oliver Sacks. We’ll see how this link plays out in works focusing on relationships between doctors and patients and how, by paying special attention to depictions of illness, suffering, and death and descriptions of the way ailments are diagnosed in these works, we can uncover the societal biases and personal prejudices of their authors.
Required reading: (Any version) Anton Chekhov, Misery; Leo Tolstoy, The Death of Ivan Ilych; Charles Barber, Songs From the Black Chair; Amy Bloom, Silver Water; Ethan Canin, We Are Nightime Travelers.
Facilitators: Henry Claman, MD, is a distinguished professor at the CU School of Medicine, where he has taught and practiced for almost 50 years. In partial retirement, he devotes attention to the Arts and Humanities in Healthcare Program in collaboration with Therese (Tess) Jones, director of the program. An associate professor at the Center for Bioethics and Humanities, Tess also edits the Journal of Medical Humanities.
CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN SHORT STORIES OF 2007
More Fuel for Reflection
Discussion Leader: Paulette Wasserstein
6 Wednesdays, Mar. 10—Apr. 14
This repeat of the popular Fall 2009 course features stories from Best American Short Stories, 2007, edited by Stephen King. Each of the story selections is distinguished for its excellence. Each offers insights to universal issues, challenges to conventional values and behaviors, and views of memorable characters who will live with us long after our discussions. Class sessions will provide opportunities to share ideas and interpretations of meaning and deepen your appreciation of the short story as an art form. As with all great literature, these stories may leave you pondering their ambiguities for a long time. Each week we’ll discuss one or two short stories.
Required reading: Stephen King, ed., Best American Short Stories, 2007 (Mariner Books, 2007).
Discussion Leader: A former English teacher and educational consultant, Paulette Wasserstein, PhD, has always loved sharing a “good read.”
It’s Not Little Women Anymore, Dorothy!
Facilitator: Pam Mingle
6 Thursdays, Feb. 25—Apr. 1
Lecture, discussion, video, participant reports, small group discussions; limited to 18
Why do certain books we read in adolescence still stick in our minds? Do they have anything in common with the young adult fiction our grandchildren are devouring today? We’ll see whether the characters and plots of today’s teen lit look anything like those of our own generation by taking a hard look at the themes these books address, the needs they fill, and the cultural changes they reflect. The novels, excerpts, and videos we’ll discuss—from Little Women to the supernatural vampire fantasy Twilight—should help us understand what’s going on in this field and show us new ways to relate to our children and grandchildren, as well as the world around us.
Recommended reading: Sherman Alexie, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian (Little, Brown, 2009); Judy Blume, Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret (Laurel Leaf, 1991); John Knowles, A Separate Peace (Scribner, 2003); Madeleine L’Engle, A Wrinkle in Time (Square Fish, 2007); Lois Lowry, The Giver (Delacorte Books for Young Readers, 2006); Stephanie Meyer, Twilight (Little, Brown, 2006).
Facilitator: Librarian and schoolteacher Pam Mingle is now retired and pursuing her dream of writing for children and young adults. She recently completed her fourth novel, a time-travel fantasy called “Saving Shakespeare.”
INTRO TO SCI-FI
Facilitator: Larry Matten
8 Thursdays, Mar. 4—Apr. 22
10 am-12 noon
Book & film discussion; limited to 20
Science fiction uses imagination to echo the current world with its myriad problems and concerns and predict what it could be like in the future. It is a way to examine our world and compare the author’s assessments and predictions with modern reality. Sci-fi provides us with a new setting for the classical morality play with the continuing battle between good and evil. Participants are expected to respond critically and creatively to the selected short stories and films. If you can understand and engage with the genre you’ll gain a love and appreciation of what it can do. As a scientist, Larry won’t be able to resist comparing science fact with science fiction.
Required reading: Orson Scott Card, ed., Masterpieces: The Best Science Fiction of the 20th Century (An Ace Book, Berkeley Publishing, 2004).
MAKING POETRY PART OF YOUR LIFE
Poet: Ted Borrillo
3 Thursdays, Apr. 8—Apr. 22
$20 (nonmembers $35)
Discussion, reading, writing poetry if you’d like
Limited to 25
Who has time for poetry in today’s hectic world? Discover how reading and writing poetry can enrich your life. We’ll look at a wide variety of poets—including, among others, Sara Teasdale, Robert Frost, A.E. Houseman, Carl Sandburg, Countee Cullen, Oscar Wilde, Joyce Kilmer, and Shakespeare. We’ll discuss the steps in writing a poem and how poetry can change the way you look at life and your surroundings, things you might otherwise take for granted. Through an understanding and love of poetry, we can learn to love life and the uniqueness of its expression in nature, language, interpersonal relationships, and even tragedy. Come prepared to share your favorite poems—your own or those of others. This is a repeat of a popular course offered in Spring 2009.
Poet: Retired lawyer Ted Borrillo is also a published poet who has already made poetry a rewarding part of his life.
THE CINEMA: 1932-2004, PART II
Instructor: Len Marino
8 Wednesdays, Feb. 24—Apr. 14
10:00 am-12 noon
Lecture, discussion, video
This visual journey through the history of motion pictures covers the rise of romantic comedies (and the on-screen couples who made them popular), the debut of the western as an industry staple, the development of film noir, and the long shelf life of Hollywood musicals. We’ll examine how docudramas and reality TV shows are created and how films are produced, bought, sold, and marketed. You’ll visit, by video, one of filmdom’s premier events, the Telluride Film Festival, and discover what it’s like to invent a movie star. We’ll also view a few of the greatest moments from the Oscars, and, if time permits, take a video tour of the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, N.Y.
Required reading: Copious handouts.
Recommended reading: Robyn Karney, Cinema, Year by Year (DK Publications); anything by Roger Ebert and/or Leonard Maltin.
Instructor: Now retired from a career in advertising and marketing, Len Marino has been in love with the movies since he was five.
WRITING YOUR LIFE STORIES
Facilitator: Kathy Boyer
5 Tuesdays, Feb 23—Mar. 23
Interactive workshop environment
Limited to 14
Whether you’re nineteen or ninety, you have stories to tell and wisdom to share. This course creates a respectful and supportive atmosphere to help you recall your special life experiences and start compiling a permanent collection of your own stories to share with family and friends, or simply to enjoy for yourself. Jump-start your memory with innovative and engaging activities to help you recall long-forgotten events and begin writing. This is a repeat of the popular class offered multiple times, most recently in Fall 2009. It will be capped at 14 participants.
Facilitator: Kathy Boyer, a retired teacher, has conducted Life Stories workshops for libraries, summer camps, churches, community centers and The Academy. She also works with individuals to record their memories on audio-tape.
WRITE TO SAVE YOUR LIFE
Beginning Memoir Writing
Facilitator: Patricia Cox
5 Tuesdays, Mar. 30—Apr. 27
Interactive workshop environment
Limited to 14
“Anyone who physically and emotionally outlasts childhood has something to write about forever,” offers author Lou Willett Stanek. You will find this to be true as you discover the rich source of topics in your past and the joy of preserving these treasured tales. We will share and encourage each other in class, as well as tackle some writing at home. Reading your stories aloud is a powerful affirmation, and listening to others as they share is an effective way to improve your own writing. Join this group, capped at 14, to transform your cherished memories into the beginning of your memoirs. This is a repeat of a popular class offered in Fall 2009.
Recommended reading: Lou Willett Stanek, Writing Your Life (Collins, 1996) and Frank Thomas, How to Write the Story of Your Life (Writers’ Digest Books, 1989).
Facilitator: Patricia Cox has taught writing to upper elementary students for the Denver Public Schools and for Cherry Creek School District. Her credo is: “Write to save your life, and write to share your life.”
FREEING YOUR WRITER’S VOICE
Instructor: Jan Marino
6 Wednesdays, Mar. 24—Apr. 28
10 am-12 noon
Workshop, limited to 12
In this creative writing workshop, we will learn to use our imagination, to daydream, to observe, to explore our own truths–without feeling intimidated or worrying about writing “badly.” Starting with an exercise as simple as compiling a list of things that have meaning for each of us (all our fender-benders, for example), we will see how character, plot and setting can be developed into stories that give us the power to say what we have to say, whatever our individual strength or focus may be. Please bring a journal or notebook. This is a repeat of a popular course offered in Spring 2009 (Ttitled “Finding Your Writer’s Voice”).
Instructor: A well-published writer of young adult and children’s literature, Jan Marino also has years of experience teaching and leading workshops in creative writing. She aspires to “let writers’ imaginations soar without parameters, without criticism”…which has led repeatedly to writers “finding a character with a story, waiting to be discovered.”
DOCTORS ON THE EDGE
Will Your Doc Break the Rules for You?
Instructor: Fred Abrams
8 Tuesdays, Mar. 9—Apr. 27
10 am-12 noon
$65 (includes the required book—to be handed out at the first class)
$52 (for those who already own the book)
Doctors lie, betray confidences, and break the law. Can this be right? If their decisions are the best of anguishing alternatives, perhaps they are right. But where would you draw the line? To examine these issues, we’ll analyze absorbing, true stories about dilemmas faced by doctors and patients, including euthanasia, assisted suicide, advance directives, abortion, sterilization, marital infidelity, intersexuality, birth defects, AIDs confidentiality, and rape. All participants are expected to read the appropriate chapter of Dr. Abrams’ book Doctors on the Edge (included in the course tuition) in order to offer their opinions each week. You will face the dilemma. You will decide. Registration is required by February 15 so that books may be ordered. This is a repeat of the popular course offered in Fall 2009.
Instructor: An obstetrician and gynecologist since 1959, Dr. Fred Abrams has taught biomedical ethics and spearheaded medical ethics programs for health-care professionals, teachers, community leaders and hospital ethics committees.
MYTHS OF WAR
Facilitators: Iris Fontera & Marnie Buckley
6 Wednesdays, Mar. 10—Apr. 14
Lecture, discussion, video
In this timely course, guest speakers will help us explore the culture of war. Using WWII as an example, we will examine some myths: there can be a good war, the U. S. won WWII largely on its own, and war can be just when evil lies in others, as presented by local author, and WWII veteran Edward W. Wood Jr. With a panel of veterans we will view and discuss the award winning documentary The Good Soldier. Sheila Porter, PhD, and John Slocumb, M.D. will present the biological and psychological aspects of creating a warrior mentality. What is the role of the media in selling war, beliefs, and doctrines that lead us into war so easily? Finally, what efforts are being made to settle problems peacefully and consider alternatives to war?
Required reading: Malcolm Potts & Thomas Hayden, Sex and War (BenBella Books, Inc., 2008).
Recommended reading: Ed W. Wood, Jr., Worshipping the Myths of World War II (Potomac Books, Inc., 2006).
Facilitators: Iris Fontera, a retired small business owner who has lived in India, England, and France, actively pursues a lifelong interest in international issues and heads a program to assist foreign students at Colorado School of Mines. Marnie Buckley, a retired foreign language teacher and former Director of a Family Service Agency in Chicago’s north suburbs, has a special interest in systems theory, conflict resolution, and community mental health.
ALL RISE! HOW OUR COURTS ENSURE EQUAL JUSTICE
Presenters: Colorado Bar Association judges and lawyers
5 Thursdays, Apr. 1—Apr. 29
Lecture, discussion, video
If what you know about our judicial system stems mainly from media coverage of sensational cases, this course should be a real eye-opener. Developed jointly by the Colorado Bar Association and the Colorado Judicial Institute and taught by individuals with first-hand courtroom experience, it’s designed to help you better understand how the State and Federal courts actually work—and how judicial procedures help keep proceedings fair and impartial. Topics will include the means by which judges are selected and evaluated, the differences between criminal and civil cases, and the ways in which Abraham Lincoln’s commitment to equality and liberty transformed the system more than a century ago.
CELEBRATING WOMEN OVER SIXTY
Facilitator: Ellie Greenberg
5 Tuesdays, Apr. 6—Apr. 17
$35 (includes the book)
$23 (for those who already own the book)
Group exercises, discussion, lecture
Chances are, you are in or near the “third third” of your life. But are you wondering, as did Ellie Greenberg, “How could that be? Where has the time gone? Is life really so very short? Stop the clock!” Join this tour of exciting options for life after 55. Your tour guide will also explore the impact of history on our view of aging, including the current research on adult development by Ellie and others, and the deeply personal issues shared by those in the “third third” of life. Both new participants and also those who took this course in Fall 2009 are welcome to register. Ellie will elaborate on the material and topics in her book, as well as add new dimensions to the challenging issues of the Third Third of life.
Required reading: (included in tuition)Elinor Miller Greenberg and Fay Wadsworth Whitney, A Time of Our Own: In Celebration of Women over Sixty (Fulcrum Publishing, 2008).
Recommended reading: Betty Friedan, The Fountain of Age (Simon & Schuster, 1993).
Facilitator: An author, teacher and educational leader, Ellie Greenberg is perhaps best known for developing and leading University Without Walls in the 1970s, which led to her innovative 40 year career in adult development and education.
DISSECTING CRITICAL ECONOMIC ISSUES
Lecturer: Jim Kneser
4 Thursdays, Feb. 25—Apr. 1 (Two skip dates to be announced)
10 am-12 noon
$35 (includes weekly handouts)
In late 2009, after a financial upheaval that has laid waste to our savings and left the country deeply in debt, the U.S. economy appears to be on the road to recovery. But the prospect of rising expenditure and widening deficits promises to make 2010 a year of reckoning for the federal budget—starting with the release this winter of new tax proposals by the Volcker Commission and new 10-year forecasts by the budget offices of both Congress and the White House. We will look at these and other crucial issues as they arise, with an eye toward understanding their implications for our personal well-being as well as the country’s. Those who’ve attended Jim’s previous courses can attest that you’ll enjoy this class even without a background in economics. The course will be supported by the www.PositiveExternalities.com web site
Lecturer: Jim Kneser loves putting his educational training in economics and finance plus his vocational experience in private equity to work researching the facts behind the news and putting current developments in proper historical context.
FOOD for THOUGHT
EXPERTS & ENTERTAINERS
Coordinator: Lois Martin
9 Wednesdays, Feb. 24—Apr. 21 or 28
$35 or $5/session (one session free with Academy membership) (non-members $8)
Lectures, Q&A, various
Choose one, some or all of these fascinating lunchtime presentations
A) Feb. 24 “Church & State: What Are We Fighting About?” Attorney Dan Lynch will examine this continuing controversy through the lens of the Constitution: is it a “living” or immutable document and how should it be interpreted?
B) Mar. 3 “Houses & History–Part 1, How Does History Shape our Houses?” Award-winning educator Kay Robinson contends that America’s unique history released us from the world’s pervasive “architecture of fear” to create distinctive homes.
C) Mar. 10 “Houses & History–Part 2, America at a Cultural Crossroads” With educator Kay Robinson, explore why America’s distinctive housing patterns “are no longer working” and how innovations will shape our future homes and neighborhoods.
D) Mar. 17 “What Makes a House Beautiful?—Part 1, Historical Precedent & Styles” Tom Matthews, a “new traditionalist” architect, will analyze good traditional design in American house styles from 1700 to 1940.
E) Mar. 24 “What Makes a House Beautiful?—Part 2, New Old Houses” Explore the livability, character and charm of “new old houses” built since 1995, with architect Tom Matthews.
F) Mar. 31 “The Hidden & Humorous History of Hot Sauce” Foodie Adrian Miller, Gov. Ritter’s Deputy Legislative Director, will guide you through the surprising history of hot sauce—seasoned with doses of comedy as tangy as his subject.
G) Apr. 7 “Indians vs. Settlers: Is Hollywood Getting it Right?” Historian Jeff Broome reevaluates Hollywood’s politically-correct view of 19th-century Native Americans, revealing settlers’ perspectives on the Indian Wars in Colorado, Kansas and Nebraska, 1864-69.
H) Apr. 14 “Couples, Gender & Power: Creating Change in Intimate Relationships” Are gender scripts threatening today’s relationships? With retired professor Anne Mahoney, explore what’s changing—or not—among seniors and other generations.
I) Apr. 21 “Angola: An Old & New Country” Angolan native Isabel Mazingo will take you inside her country’s turbulent history, encompassing its independence from Portuguese rule, its brutal civil war and its significant steps toward reconstruction and rehabilitation.
Coordinator: Lois Martin founded the Aurora Sun Newspaper where she worked for 20 years as publisher. She was named Business Person of the Year for the Aurora Chamber of Commerce and elected to the Benson Hall of Fame for Community Leadership.
Painting with Wax
Artist: Lorraine Garbe
3 Wednesdays, Feb. 24—Mar. 10
$55 (includes paper, wax, & rented tools)
Limited to 6
Encaustic painting, or painting with pigments and hot wax, is an art form that dates back to the ancient Egyptians. Originally done with sticks or brushes dipped in a cup of hot wax, it is now carried out with electric irons and a stylus. In this short course, participants will learn about the tools and techniques used, view samples of finished pieces, and try their hand at creating works of their own. No drawing ability or art prerequisites are necessary. We’ll just relax and “go with the flow,” following the wax as it moves and reveals subjects that lead us in new directions.
Recommended reading: Joanne Mattera, The Art of Encaustic Painting (2001).
Artist: After nearly two decades, Lorraine Garbe has left the schoolroom to teach art to adults in settings like Unity Church and Littleton’s Buck Recreation Center.
PUTTING YOUR HOUSE IN ORDER
A Matter of Life and Death Decisions
Instructor: Larry Matten
8 Tuesdays, Mar. 2—Apr. 27 (skips Mar. 30)
10 am-12 noon
$70 (includes a large notebook of materials)
Lecture & discussion
Here’s your chance to get an overview of estate issues and their tax implications from an experienced elder-law attorney before going to see your personal lawyer. We’ll examine the Colorado laws governing estates, end-of-life health issues, and transfer of wealth as we explore various scenarios that could affect the decisions you make about your financial and health-care future. Are the “Five Wishes” the best choice? What if you are unable to make decisions? Whom can you turn to? Do you really need a will? Is there an advantage to having a living trust? Why put off getting your house in order any longer? Sign up today. This is a repeat of a popular course offered previously.
Instructor: After a long career as a professor of biology and botany, Larry Matten began a second career in 2000 as an elder-law attorney specializing in estate planning and Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security issues. He has recently retired from the practice of law and returned to his first love, teaching.
MATH TO KEEP YOUR MIND SHARP
Facilitator: Glenn Bruckhart
8 Wednesdays, Feb. 24—Apr. 28 (skips Mar. 10 & Apr. 14)
Group activities, discussion and analysis
If you never liked math, were scared to death of it or feel it is completely useless, this is your chance to let your “math gene” blossom in a comfortable atmosphere! Math activities will be hands on and relate to practical and challenging issues. Bruckhart guarantees “participants will find themselves doing things they had no idea they could do.” Some comments from the fall class include: “It was intellectually challenging and stimulating and it was fun.” “A basic course in math concepts that anyone can follow.” “The course took away my math anxiety completely.” “Revelation after revelation you’ll be surprised at what mathematics really is.” “The approach to learning math is so different from how I learned so many years ago.”
This is a repeat of a popular course offered in Fall 2009.
Facilitator: A retired math teacher and mathematics consultant, Glenn Bruckhart is fascinated by how different people learn mathematics and what gets in the way of those who have trouble learning it.
Instructors: Scott Henke & Sally Kneser
10 Thursdays, Feb. 25—Apr. 27
10 am-12 noon
$50 ($5/session, nonmembers $10/session)
Limited to 45
Choose one, some, or all of the ten two-hour demonstrations to learn to use your computer more effectively: A) Avoiding internet viruses, spyware & scams; B) Using Google for more than searching; C) Organizing files & folders; D) Backing up: ridiculously easy; E) Arranging Excel databases; F) Exploring Excel math magic; G) Mastering Word shortcuts; H) Saving time with address labels; I) Manipulating photos in Picasa; J) Watching your money: checking stocks & bank accounts online. Please don’t bring your own computer! There will be periodic assigned tasks to do at home.
Instructors: Onsite Consulting, Inc. owner Scott Henke (sessions A, B, D & J) has been a computer consultant for 27 years, taught classes through Denver Community Schools for 11 years and worked for 13 years as a Technology Coordinator at Hamilton Middle School; his company received the 2008 Business of the Year Award. Sally Kneser (sessions C, E—I) uses her computer every day and loves sharing the tips that she has picked up.
Improve Your Mind
Coordinator: Bennie Bub
10 Tuesdays, Feb. 23—Apr. 27
Activities, games, puzzlers, talk-back
To borrow from Robert Frost, “The brain is a wonderful organ. It starts working the moment you get up in the morning and does not stop until you get to retirement.” We all suffer from brain rot, but it’s not an irreversible condition. Come with us as we engage in a series of fun and sociable exercises to train, strengthen and stretch that three-pound mass between our ears, by infusing it with novelty, variety and challenge. Various leaders will direct weekly activities.
Coordinator: Bennie Bub, MD, FRCS, is a South African neurosurgeon who has gathered multiple talented presenters to lead the group in mind-stretching games.
BRIDGE: CONTINUING BEGINNERS & NEVER-EVERS
Instructor: Judy Helfer
Thursdays, Feb. 25—Apr. 29
10 am – 12 noon
$65 (includes 2 required texts)
$60 (for continuing participants: includes 1 new text)
This is a continuation of the fall 2009 course. The class is designed for new students who know a little bit about bridge, as well as the person who has not played bridge for many years. Modern methods of playing and commonly used conventions will be taught. New students may join the class with permission from instructor Judy Helfer, 303-696-0483. Bridge Basic II and Bridge Basics III are included in the fees. Registration is required by Feb. 15 so that the required texts can be ordered.
Instructor: Retired from a 40-year teaching career, Judy Helfer enjoys both playing bridge with friends and teaching the game to others. A Life Master and certified Bridge Director, she has been trained in the Audrey Grant method of teaching bridge.
BRIDGE FOR ADVANCED BEGINNERS:
Play of the Hand, continued
Instructor: Sally Kneser
9 Tuesdays, Mar. 2—Apr. 27
$70 (required book is not included)
Lecture, playing cards
Specific playing techniques help participants make the most of the cards they’re dealt. Participants have numerous opportunities to decide which techniques are the most appropriate and effective, and then to formulate a plan. Additionally, these bidding conventions will be introduced: strong-two, slam bidding, preemptive bids, and Jacoby transfers. Each session includes one hour of lecture followed by one hour of playing pre-set hands. Reading is required. Advanced beginners and intermediate players are welcome. New participants need prior permission from instructor Sally Kneser, 303-770-0788. This class begins with a whirlwind review of modern basic bidding.
Required reading: Audrey Grant, Play of the Hand in the 21st Century (Baron Barclay Bridge, 2008).
Instructor: Bridge nut and art groupie Sally Kneser is also the Academy’s Director. Sally is a Life Master in bridge and enjoys explaining the basics of the game.
Brain Fitness Programs
You can improve your ability to take in new information by practicing the skills offered in two brain fitness programs available free on computers in the coffee break room on any day the Academy is in session. The “Classic” will greatly increase your auditory speed by improving the way your brain takes in and remembers sounds. The “InSight” program speeds up and sharpens the way your brain processes visual information, thereby reducing your risk of accident and improving your ability to handle daily tasks like managing money.
Our facilitators are enthusiastic volunteers who research and present courses on topics of great interest to them. The materials and opinions they and their guest speakers present are their own and not necessarily those of the Academy for Lifelong Learning.
Dr. Fred Abrams (Doctors on the Edge: Will Your Doc Break the Rules for You?) is currently the Director of The Clinical Ethics Consultation Group, a medical consultant to the Colorado Foundation for Medical Care, an Adjunct Professor of Ethics at the Iliff School of Theology, and also a volunteer faculty for the Center for Bioethics and Humanities at UCHSC. In 2003 he was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Center for Bioethics and Humanities of the UCHSC. In 2006 he was selected to receive the Isaac Bell and John Hayes Award for Leadership in Medical Ethics and Professionalism from the Board of Trustees and Foundation of the American Medical Association.
In 1983 he became the founder and director of the first community hospital based center for study and teaching of bioethics, the Center for Applied Biomedical Ethics at Rose Medical Center in Denver, which provided the training in the 1980s for all the original Colorado hospital ethics committees. In the mid 1980s, he was a leader in the passage of Colorado’s first “Living Will” law and participated in its revisions during the next decade.
Fred was Executive Director of the Denver University/ Colorado University Health Ethics and Policy Consortium and Adjunct Professor at the Graduate School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado in Denver. He was Project Director of the Robert Wood Johnson-supported “Colorado Speaks out on Health” project in 1987 that held over 400 meetings with Coloradoans to discuss ethical issues in healthcare. He developed and teaches courses in the Essentials of Biomedical Ethics, assisting hospitals, long term care facilities and communities to create ethics committees for continuing education of facility staff and for public outreach. Over the past 25 years, he has conducted over 1500 workshops, lectures and conferences for medical, nursing, legal, clergy, and teaching professionals, and for the public on ethical issues. Fred serves on the Academy’s board.
Judith Baenen (What If? Re-imagining More Turning Points of History) is a speaker, author and consultant specializing in issues that affect 10-15 year olds and their families. She has worked with teachers and parents in Europe, Asia , Africa and Australia as well as in North America. She is the author of two popular booklets, H.E.L.P. – How to Enjoy Living with a Preadolescent and More H.E.L.P., published by the National Middle School Association. She also writes and edits NMSA’s Family Connection newsletter and offers a monthly column for teachers, Middle-E Connections.
A Denver native, Judith received her B.A. in French and English and her Master’s Degree in Education from Loyola University of Chicago. She was a classroom teacher in the Chicago area for more than 25 years, then served for thirteen years as President of St. Mary’s Academy in Englewood, a school she attended as did her mother. Her interest in theology comes as a result of living as a Catholic nun for more than ten years and reading widely on current philosophy and “quantum theology,” so it should be fascinating to hear her thoughts about the chapter entitled, “Pontius Pilate Spares Jesus.”
Dr. John Bally (CU Science Stars: The Cutting Edge Demystified – Wednesday) first became interested in astronomy as an amateur astronomer in the Bay Area in California during his pre-college days. He did his undergraduate studies at the University of California at Berkeley, and obtained his PhD at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, earning his PhD in millimeter-wave radio astronomy in 1980. He joined AT&T Bell Laboratories for 11 years as a Member of Technical Staff, working in the Radio Physics Research Department at Crawford Hill in Holmdel NJ with the group that discovered the Cosmic Microwave Background. While at AT&T, he studied interstellar molecular clouds, the outflows and jets produced by forming stars, and built sensitive mm-wave receivers. He participated in several expeditions to the South Pole in Antarctica to set-up the first permanent astronomical observatory there. Since 1991, he has been a professor of astrophysics in the Department of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He has made extensive use of the world’s major observatories such as the Hubble, the facilities of the National Optical Astronomy Observatories, and the facilities on Mauna Kea in Hawaii such as Gemini and Caltech sub-millimeter Observatory. His current research includes the first blind search for dense, dusty clumps that may soon or are currently forming clusters of stars. He has recently re-kindled his interests in cosmology and is exploring the Lee Smolin hypothesis of “cosmic natural selection” in which black holes produce Universes. This theory may provide an explanation for the so-called anthropic principle and for the small but non-zero value of the cosmological constant. He will be lecturing on Cosmic Natural Selection.
Susan Blake-Smith (What If? Re-imagining More Turning Points of History), an early and enthusiastic member of The Academy, coordinated last year’s What If? Reimagining History’s Turning Points course, and will be back to co-lead a discussion on The Civil War and what might have happened had Lincoln not freed the slaves. Susan has a BFA in Journalism from Southern Methodist University and enjoyed a successful career as a creative director and account executive in advertising and in the incentive travel industry. She has served on several boards, including St. Mary’s Academy, Girls, Inc. of Metro Denver and The Children’s Museum and has worked as a volunteer and fundraiser for many others. Her love of history dates back to her childhood in Mexico City, Mexico and memories of scrambling up The Pyramid of the Sun on grade school field trips and exploring the ruins of ancient civilizations along the coast on family vacations.
Ted Borrillo (Solving the Lindbergh Kidnapping Case and Making Poetry a Part of Your Life) is a retired attorney. He was Chief Deputy District Attorney in Denver, taught criminal procedure and constitutional law at the DU Law School, and was a defense counsel in his private practice of law. He has had an abiding interest in the criminal justice system resulting from his interest in the Bruno Hauptmann trial and his execution for the kidnapping and murder of the Lindbergh baby. Hauptmann lived in the Bronx not far from Ted’s home. Ted has visited Flemington, New Jersey, the site of the trial, the cell where Hauptmann was kept, and has spoken with David Wilentz, the prosecutor of Hauptmann. He has taught at the Colorado Police Academy and at the National College of District Attorneys in Houston. Mr. Borrillo is also a published poet who has already made poetry a rewarding part of his life.
Kathy Boyer (Writing Your Life Stories), has conducted Life Story workshops for libraries, summer camps, churches, community centers, and with the Academy. As a child, Kathy developed a love of the personal story as she listened to adults recall the tales of their childhood. Now a retired teacher, Kathy works with individuals to record their memories on audio-tape. As a workshop facilitator, she offers inspiration and ideas to groups of people who want to begin a written collection of their own short stories.
Dr. Jeff Broome (Experts and Entertainers: What was the Real Reason for the Civil War?) has been a professor of Philosophy and History at Arapahoe Community College (Littleton, CO) since 1985. He received his M.A. degree at Baylor University in 1976, and earned his PhD in Philosophy from the University of Colorado-Boulder in 1998. Dr. Broome has published too many articles to list including in the Journal of the Indian Wars, Pacific Historical Review, Wild West, Denver Westerners Roundup, Greasy Grass, and Research Review. He was awarded the Lawrence A. Frost Literary Award from the Little Big Horn Associates. Jeff’s book, Dog Soldier Justice: The Ordeal of Susanna Alderdice in the Kansas Indian War (Lincoln County Historical Society, Lincoln, Kansas, 2003), is now in its 2nd printing.
While teaching math in the public schools, Glenn Bruckhart (Math to Keep Your Mind Sharp) became fascinated by how different people learn mathematics and what got in the way of those who had trouble learning it. This led to his work with teachers to better understand the learning process, the nature of mathematics and how to make mathematics accessible to all learners. This work was pursued through a number of organizations, including the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, the National and the Colorado Councils of Teachers of Mathematics, and with courses taught for many of the colleges and universities in Colorado. Most recently he served as Senior Mathematics Consultant for the Colorado State Department of Education.
Dr. Bennie Bub, MD, FRCS (Human Behavior & Neurobiology, Are We Hardwired? Part 2), is a South African neurosurgeon who is board certified in three different specialties on three continents. His teaching career began when, as a medical student, he taught physics at a technical college in return for free car maintenance courses. After receiving his MD at the University of Cape Town he became a general surgeon gaining his FRCS (Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons) in the UK. Having been captivated by the complexities of the brain, he now began his neurosurgical studies in London at the National Hospital for Nervous Diseases and Epilepsy. Thereafter he became a Teaching and Research Fellow at Harvard College as well as a resident in the Harvard Neurosurgical Service at the Boston City and Massachusetts General Hospitals. Concurrently, he studied violin performance in the Boston Conservatory of Music. This Boston sojourn was followed by completion of his neurosurgical certification at Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town.
Then began his years of busy neurosurgical private practice simultaneously teaching as Senior Lecturer in the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Cape Town. During this period he founded the first multidisciplinary clinic in South Africa for the management of intractable pain. Immigration to the USA in 1976 was followed by training and board certification in Anesthesiology. He then joined a practice in Denver from which he retired after more than 20 years. In the early nineties he was founder and CEO of a successful database company, which provided credentialing of physicians for health insurance companies. Since retirement he has indulged in his love of music, travel and voracious reading, all the while striving to stay au currant with the neurosciences. Bennie serves on the Academy’s board.
Marnie Buckley (Myths of War) graduated from the University of Colorado majoring in foreign languages. She taught school and later got her master’s degree from the University of Chicago in clinical social worker. She has been a police social worker and Director of a Family Service Agency with special interests in community mental health in Chicago’s north shore suburbs. An anti-war activist and member of Clergy and Laity Concerned, Marnie has been interested in conflict resolution and all aspects of human behavior.
Dr. Henry N. Claman (What is Modern Art? One Man’s View and Say Ahhh! The Doctor-Patient Relationship in Literature & Art) was born in New York City close to the Metropolitan Museum – and “art was in the air.” Henry is a Distinguished Professor of Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine where he has taught and practiced for almost fifty years. Partly retired now, he devotes his attention to the Arts and Humanities in Healthcare Program in collaboration with Tess Jones. Henry is fascinated by art, from Paleolithic cave paintings to the avant-garde. He wrote a book on medieval art – Jewish Images in the Christian Church. He believes that making art is one of the most important of human creative activities – truly, “a raid on the inarticulate.”
Patricia Cox (Write to Save your Life: Beginning Memoir Writing) has been writing to save her life, practically all her life. With a B.S. in Education and a M.A. in Guidance and Counseling, she taught for the Denver Public Schools and Cherry Creek Schools while raising three daughters. She has taught memoir writing for many groups and has recently published a memoir about her late husband, a victim of Alzheimer’s disease: We Keep Our Potato Chips in the Refrigerator.
Dr. Bruce Eaton (CU Science Stars: The Cutting Edge Demystified – Wednesday) has had a career in both academia and industry. He moved to CU from SCSU in 2005. At NCSU he helped establish the Keck Center for ENA Mediated Evolution of Materials. He moved to NCSU in 2000 from Washington State University where he was a tenured Associate Professor research active in both the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. He received his B.S. degrees [Chemistry (Honors) and Biology 1980] and M.S. degree (Chemistry 1981) from the university of Oregon where he began his research career working with National Academy of Science Member Virgil Boekelheide. He obtained his PhD degree (Chemistry 1988) from the University of California, Berkeley in mechanistic organometallic chemistry.
Professor Eaton is named as either inventor or co-inventor on over 30 issued US patents relating to diverse topics in polymer science, organometallic catalysis and nucleic acid invitro selection. He is currently active on two biotechnology scientific advisory boards and is an active participant in the NSF sponsored REU program. He is currently the Chairman of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, is a member of the Vice Chancellor’s Advisory Committee, in addition to the Biotechnology Task Force.
Paula Enrietto (The Biology of Aging) is the Executive Director of The Lodge at Balfour. Paula has a long standing commitment to advocacy for the elderly and an intimate knowledge of medical and social issues facing seniors. Paula has an extensive background in scientific research and business development that brings a unique, analytical perspective to the long-term care industry. Previously, Paula was an Associate Professor at The State University of New York at Stony Brook, where her work was funded by the National Institutes of Health. She also was a staff scientist at Genomica Corp. and Director of Biology at Kenna Technologies. In each of these roles, Paula developed extensive skills in analyzing the changing healthcare field.
Paula received her doctor of philosophy from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and completed her training at the Imperial Cancer Research Fund in London where she was awarded a fellowship from the National Institutes of Health. She is the author of more than 45 publications and an invited speaker at several national conferences.
Nanette Fishman (What If? Re-imagining More Turning Points of History), a long-time Academy member who will be joining the What If team, is a graduate of St. Lawrence University and has a masters in immunology and genetics from NYU where she subsequently worked in biomedical research at the NYU Medical Center. Active in the community, Nanette has served on numerous boards, including the Junior League of Denver, Girls, Inc. of Metro Denver, the Cherry Creek School Foundation and the CU College of Music. Certified to teach high school chemistry and biology, Nanette, along with course coordinator, Susan Blake-Smith, will be turning her microscope on The Civil War and dissecting what might have happened without the Emancipation Proclamation.
Iris Fontera (Myths of War) graduated college in Political Science and History and has had a life-long interest in international issues having lived in India, England and France. She runs a program at the Colorado School of Mines to welcome and assist foreign students. Her career included working in a District Attorney’s office and managing her own business. Interested in peace initiatives on the national and international level, Iris has participated in a variety of peace efforts. Iris serves on the Academy’s board.
After graduation from Loretto Heights College, Lorraine Garbe (Hot Stuff! Painting with Wax) taught school for nearly two decades, during which time she enjoyed 40 hours of post-graduate classes in art and education. She recently taught art classes at Unity Church and Buck Recreation Center in Littleton. She enjoys art in most any form. Encaustic painting is one of the most interesting and relaxing art forms that she has attempted. It is fun to teach and practice as no drawing or art pre-requisits are necessary. Everyone can go with the flow. Often subjects will just appear in the wax, leading the artist in a new direction.
Rebecca Gorman (History of Theatre – From Aeschylus to Zillur) holds a BA in Drama and English from Dartmouth College and an MFA in Dramatic Writing from Carnegie Mellon University. She is in her 6th year as a Professor of English at Metro State University, where she teaches Drama, Writing, and Cinema Studies courses.
Ellie Greenberg (Celebrating Women Over 60: Choices! Choices!) has been interested in the adult life cycle since she developed and led the University Without Walls in the 1970s. Over the last 40 years, she’s had the privilege of designing and leading many more programs for adults, such as: PATHWAYS to the Future for 40,000 US WEST non-management employees in 14 states, Project Leadership focused on non-profit board leadership, and MAPP-the Mountain and Plains Partnership-online Masters degree programs for health professionals in underserved areas. Ellie has served on many boards and commissions, and learned politics through the civil rights and women’s movements. She cares about learners and learning, and enjoy creating “access to opportunity”. She finds it exciting to be able to share what she has learned through The Academy.
Judy Helfer (Bridge: Continuing Beginners and Never-Evers) has retired from over 40 years of teaching. She now spends many enjoyable hours playing bridge with her friends. Besides playing bridge, she enjoys sharing and teaching the game with others—in the hopes that they will enjoy playing the game, too! It is a wonderful way to spend social time with friends and meet lots of new people. Judy is a Life Master and certified Bridge Director. She has been trained in the Audry Grant method of teaching bridge.
Onsite Consulting, Inc. owner Scott Henke (Computer Tips, sessions A—D) has been a computer consultant for 27 years. He has taught classes through Denver Community Schools for 11 years and worked for 13 years as a Technology Coordinator at Hamilton Middle School; his company received the 2008 Business of the Year Award. He taught Computer Tips in the Academy’s fall term.
Dr. Lew House, (The Big Bang: Stars, Galaxies and Dark Stuff ) a retired Senior Scientist, spent 28 years studying the atmospheres of the sun and stars. He has a PhD in Astrophysics, an M.S. in Nuclear Physics, an M.A. in Military History and an undergraduate degree in Geophysical Engineering. In Lew’s second career he conducted and trained many in business intelligence corporations. Finally retired, he is currently President of The Rocky Mountain Churchillians, an affiliate of the International Churchill Centre, London. Lew lectures occasionally on Churchill and recently taught a Churchill course at the Academy. He is an avid student of history and geopolitics and endeavors to keep up on current science. War gaming and simulations are also on the list of his interests.
Dr. Therese (Tess) Jones, (Say Ahhh! The Doctor–Patient Relationship in Literature and Art) is an associate professor in the Department of Internal Medicine and director of the Arts and Humanities in Healthcare Program in the Center for Bioethics and Humanities. She completed a PhD in English at the University of Colorado, Boulder and a three-year postdoctoral fellowship in medical humanities and ethics at Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine. She is editor of the Journal of Medical Humanities and is widely published in the areas of literature, film and medical education. In addition to integrating humanities materials and methodologies in the required curriculum of the School of Medicine, she also designs and teaches humanities electives, including “Reel Psychiatry: Cinematic Representations of Mental Illness,” “The Doctor-Patient Relationship in Literature and the Arts,” and “How To Be Old: Literature, Film and Aging.”
Conrad Kehn (Showcasing Contemporary Music) is a performer, composer, improviser, educator, writer and artist. He serves as a lecturer of Music Theory, Composition and Music Technology at the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music, where he directs the Lamont Composers Concert Series. He is the founding Director of The Playground, a chamber ensemble dedicated to modern music. An award winning composer, His style spans all genres touching on electro-acoustic music, multimedia works, graphic scores, aleatory, and experimental rock, but still remains grounded in the western music tradition. His music has been performed across the US including Issue Project Room (NY), Audio Inversions (Austin, TX), Pendulum New Music Series (CU-Boulder), and the Summer New Music Symposium at Colorado College. As a vocalist, he specializes in improvisation, contemporary music, and the use of electronics. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Commercial Music and Recording Technology from the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music (1996). He also has a Master’s Degree in Composition from Lamont (2000) where he was named the Outstanding Graduate Student in Composition and the Outstanding Graduate Student in Commercial Music. He is currently pursuing an MBA at the Daniels College of Business focusing on Entrepreneurship and Non-profit Management.
Jim Kneser (Dissecting Current Economic Issues) is in his thirteenth year of leading economics classes as a volunteer, where he has led over 40 classes with over 2,500 class members. He has an undergraduate degree (just barely) in economics from Ripon College and an MBA, with finance and accounting majors, from the Wharton School where he was the first double major in the school’s history. He is also a CPA and worked until retirement in 1990 in private equity specializing in mergers, acquisitions, speculative markets, and corporate finance.
Having retired at 44 with time on his hands, he decided to return to his first love, economics, and strive to increase economic literacy in the adult population. His goal in leading his economics classes is to increase the ability of his class members to sort through the economic information that surrounds us and better understand the economic implications of our policy choices. He delights in finding ways to make the economically complex seem simple.
Jim was also an enthusiastic but woefully unskilled musician as a child. Mercifully he no longer performs but has a great appreciation for western high art music. He has led classes in both symphonic and operatic forms and will soon be offering a class in Germanic songs, or Lieder.
Bridge Bridge nut and art groupie Sally Kneser (Computer Tips and Bridge for Advanced Beginners: Play of the Hand) is always ready to learn something new and help teach others. “I love to learn, and it’s so much more fun with friends around.” Sally is a Life Master in bridge and enjoys explaining the basics to others. As the Academy’s Director, Sally tackles operational and tactical issues in running the nonprofit. While volunteering with the Junior League, Sally chaired several committees, including the Facilitators. In addition to managing the Academy’s business, she has volunteered as the “keeper of the files” for several nonprofits. When not enjoying herself at the bridge table, she attends two book clubs, skis on Wednesdays in the winter, and stops to smell roses in her gardens in the summer.
Dan Lynch (Experts and Entertainers: What are we Fighting About?) wrote the book Our Fading Religious Liberties: Government Using Religion because of the increasingly dangerous alliance between government and religion. As a lawyer who has handled a number of religion/state cases, Lynch became fascinated with the subject. His thesis is that the Constitution has created a system in which all governments are powerless as to religion. Unlike some separationists, Lynch argues that the best defense of religious liberty is not Jefferson’s mantra about “separation of church and state,” but the fact that the Constitution expressly denies all power as to religion to the government.
Dr. Anne R. Mahoney (Experts and Entertainers: Power and Gender), Professor Emerita at DU, received her PhD from Columbia University. Her areas of interest are gender, families, the life course, aging, applied sociology, and juvenile justice. Recent research projects include Equality in Marital Relationships; Decade Birthday Study; and The Study of Women’s Development through Gender Autobiographies. Her books include: Ruts: Gender Roles and Realities; Juvenile Justice in Context; chapters in Women, the Courts, and Equality; Judge, Lawyer, Victim, Thief; and Beyond Control: Status Offenders in the Juvenile Court. Articles have appeared in over 15 Journals and Magazines. Recent articles include: “Will Old Gender Scripts Limit New Millennium Families’ Ability to Thrive?,” “Beyond Different Worlds: A ‘Postgender’ Approach to Relational Development,” “Language and Processes in the Construction of Equality in New Marriages,” and “Change in the Older-Person Role: An Application of Turner’s Process Role and Model of Role Change.”
When Jan Marino (Freeing Your Writer’s Voice) was eight, she wrote her first book, Eighty-Eight Steps to September about the death of her twelve year old brother Robbie. Determined never to forget him, she wrote poems and short stories about him and it wasn’t until she completed the book that she came to accept the loss of him.
While not all of her books are autobiographical, each one of them has a little bit of her past in them. Her books, The Day that Elvis Came to Town, Like Some Kind of Hero, For the Love of Pete, Searching for Atticus, I, Elizabeth, Write Me a Happy Ending, and The Mona Lisa of Salem Street all contain aspects of Marino’s life. Jan taught creative writing for several years at Long Island University. Although Jan has written for newspapers her main body of published work is in the field of young-adult and children’s literature.
“I love to write, to imagine, and to create characters” Jan says. “Yes, there are days of frustration. Days when I stare at the lifeless computer screen. Days when my characters refuse to talk to me. But give up? Never. I cajole. I plead and beg until I hear their voices. And when my computer screen finally comes alive, I am beyond happy.”
Len Marino (Cinema: 1894-2004, Part 2) was born in Boston, MA in a conveniently forgotten year. He was an art major and worked for an advertising agency for 20 years, followed by work for a corporation in international marketing. His interest in film started when he was about 5. His mother owned a dress shop located right next to a theater. He would come home, go to the shop, and the theater became his babysitter. His uncle worked for Keystone camera and projector so Len showed old comic films. Len has taught the Cinema class previously in New York and in Colorado.
Avid reader, former Professor and Chair of the Department of Plant Biology and Professor of Geology at Southern Illinois University, and retired Elder Law Attorney, Dr, Larry Matten (Putting your House in Order – A Matter of Life and Death Decisions and Sci-Fi: Imagining Other Worlds, Times & Future Consequences) has facilitated and repeated several courses at the Academy including: Putting Your House in Order (x3); Evolution, Intelligent Design and the Courts (x3); Chess (x4); Science Field Trips, and Brain Games. Larry’s research specialty was Plant Paleontology. He was co-editor of the international journal, Palaeontographica and president of his national professional organization (Paleobotanical Section of the Botanical Society of America). He received his law degree in 2000 and went into private practice as an Elder Law Attorney. His practice concentrated on estate planning including: powers of attorney, guardianships, conservatorships, wills, trusts, and probate. He represented clients having Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security issues. Larry is a trained mediator/arbitrator and is currently doing arbitrations for the Better Business Bureau. Larry participated as a presenter at DU Law School’s Senior Law Day. Larry is retired and he and his wife, Susan spend much of their time traveling and visiting children and grandchildren.
Lois Martin (Experts and Entertainers) came to Denver by way of Philadelphia and Nebraska. She majored in journalism at the University of Nebraska, before she moved to Pennsylvania while her husband was in medical school. She has been editor of internal publications for Campbell Soup Co. and Leeds and Northrup, both in the East. After the arrival of her four children, she founded the Aurora Sun Newspaper where she worked for 20 years as publisher. She was founding moderator of the Aurora Hospital Association, President of the Aurora Hospital District, Business Person of the Year for the Aurora Chamber of Commerce, and elected to the Benson Hall of Fame for Community Leadership.
A “new traditionalist” practicing in Denver, architect Tom Matthews (Experts and Entertainers: What Makes a House Beautiful?) loves classical architecture and strives to use time-tested principles in designing new old houses for modern living. A native of South Carolina, he received his architectural training at Clemson University in modernism and spent most of his career in commercial practice. However, having been drawn to the historic forms of architecture since childhood, Mr. Matthews took his career on a radically new path in 2002 upon reading an article entitled “Masters of the New Old House,” about a group of like-minded architects who were re-discovering the beauty and harmony of traditional residential design. Mr. Matthews launched his own residential practice soon after and regrets only that he did not do so twenty-five years ago.
Dr. Richard McCray (CU Science Stars: The Cutting Edge Demystified – Wednesday) received his PhD in theoretical physics from UCLA in 1967. He was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Caltech (1967-68) and an Assistant Professor at the Harvard College Observatory (1968-71). In 1971, he moved to the Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he is now the George Gamow Distinguished Professor of Astrophysics. Prof. McCray’s research is in the theory of the dynamics of the interstellar gas, theory of cosmic X-ray sources, and, most recently, the theory of Supernova 1987A. He is also engaged in observations of these phenomena with various spacecraft, including the Hubble Space Telescope and the Chandra Observatory.
During the past few years, Richard has been actively involved in promoting improvement of undergraduate science learning. He leads a multi-departmental effort that aims to introduce more collaborative learning in introductory science classes by employing undergraduates as learning assistants. The program is also intended to attract and prepare talented students for careers in K-12 science education. He is also developing information technology resources for undergraduate science learning. He will be discussing Supernovae and the Life of the Universe.
Dr. Richard McIntosh (More CU Science Stars: The Cutting Edge Demystified – Thursday) received an AB in Physics (1961) and a PhD in Biophysics (1968) from Harvard University. For the latter he worked in the laboratory of Keith R. Porter on the morphogenetic action of microtubules in sculpting the shape of developing cells. Towards the end of that project he became fascinated by the role of microtubules in mitosis, and he has continued to work largely on that subject ever since. He moved to Colorado in 1970 where he has worked in the Department of Molecular Cellular and Developmental Biology. He served briefly as department Chair and then as the director of the Boulder Laboratory for 3-D Electron Microscopy of Cells for about 20 years. He has taught freshman biology, cell biology, cancer biology, and various graduate courses in cell structure and function. In 1994 he served as President of the American Society for Cell Biology and was appointed a Research Professor of the American Cancer Society. In 1999 he was elected to the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2000 he was appointed a Distinguished Professor of the University of Colorado. He has taught and done research in both East and West Africa with support from a Fulbright fellowship and a grant from the Carnegie Corporation. He retired from his department in 2007, but thanks to support from the National Institutes of Health and the hospitality of MCDB, he continues his research on mitosis and is writing a book for non-scientists on the biology of cancer.
Robin McNeil (How Music Works) began his study of piano at DePauw University at the age of four, taking lessons with Irene Soltas. He has a Bachelor of Music in Performance from Indiana University and a Master of Music in Performance from the University of Illinois. He began his teaching career at the University of Illinois and then went to the University of South Dakota where he was Chairman of the Piano Department.
He has performed over three hundred concerts throughout the United States and has written many musicology book reviews for Choice magazine of the American Library Association and Publisher’s Weekly, in addition to being an experienced music critic for newspapers. Robin teaches a course on the music of the Medieval Mass and Liturgical Music at the St. John Vianney Theological Seminary. He is also a published poet, and the Denver composer, David Mullikin, has used his poems for art song texts.
In the past, Mr. McNeil has been thoroughly involved in arts management as the Executive Director of the Fine Arts Center of Clinton (Illinois), State Treasurer of the Association of Illinois Arts Agencies, and a member of the Long Range Planning Committee of the Central Illinois Cultural Affairs Consortium. Robin has been the Executive Director of the Denver Philharmonic Orchestra and has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Denver Philharmonic Orchestra Foundation.
Outside the sphere of music, Robin has raced Alfa Romeo and Ferrari automobiles and flown WW II vintage aircraft. He is a member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. He now lives with his wife in Littleton where he teaches privately and continues to do research on the French composer, Théodore Gouvy. Robin is President of the Piano Arts Association, and an Honorary Member of the Institut Théodore Gouvy of Hombourg-Haut, France.
Back by popular demand, Jon Medved (What If? Reimagining History’s Turning Points) will be taking on the ever-controversial question of whether dropping the atom bomb was a mistake of catastrophic proportions or was it, as Truman’s secretary of war pronounced, “the least abhorrent choice.” Jon’s interest and subsequent expertise in World War II stems from the stories told by his father, an American hero who stormed the beach at Normandy. Jon has degrees from Georgetown University and Northwestern University and was President and CEO of Current, Inc., Walter Drake, Inc. and Chef’s Catalog in Colorado Springs. He has served on numerous corporate and civic boards and is a visiting lecturer at universities as well as a panelist on the Brookings Institute Postal Forum. Jon’s passion for history and penchant for lively debate make him an ideal facilitator for this discussion.
Longtime art enthusiast Joanne Mendes (DAM Great Art: Embrace the Contemporary) has recently retired from a career spent organizing programs in art history in London and at the Denver Art Museum, for which she developed and coordinated adult courses and lecture series for over a decade. Her passion for art was ignited when she and her petroleum engineer husband, Bob, moved to England, where she soon put her education degree to good use as co-director of Modern Art Studies, a company associated with the Institute of Contemporary Art. Joanne likes nothing better than to put people in touch with the most knowledgeable art experts available and currently continues to organize art-related education and travel opportunities for the DAM Contemporaries, one of the Denver Art Museum’s support groups.
Dr. Walt Meyer (The Crusades: Their History & Legacy) is a retired “technocrat”, having spent 22 years in the weather field of the US Air Force and almost 20 years as a program manager for a defense contractor. Walt and wife Karyl have been married 46 years and have three grown children and four grandchildren.
Walt has had a long interest in the Crusades which was rekindled by his teaching of a prior class at the Academy on Islam, since the Crusades have had considerable impact on relations between Islam and the West. He has done considerable reading on the Crusades and continues to find it to be a complex and intriguing subject.
Walt has a BS in Chemistry from Capital University, a PhD in Atmospheric Science from the University of Washington, and he is a graduate of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces and the Minnesota Management Academy. He has served on many boards and task forces within the Lutheran Church and is a member of the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences, sponsored by the Graduate Theological Union of the University of California at Berkeley. He served as Adjunct Professor of Meteorology at Saint Louis University for one year and he has taught numerous Bible study classes. Through these experiences, and through the Academy, he has found teaching to be one of his passions.
Tom Miller’s (Musical Metallica: Hands on Steel Drums) vast experience as a performer, composer, arranger and educator of steel drum music has made him a most respected steel drum soloist and clinician. Tom has performed worldwide with his own popular steel drum group Pan Ramajay, and other notable jazz and world music artists. His unique style of percussive touch is added to studio recordings covering a variety of musical styles with artists such as Grammy award winners, Allison Krause and the late John Denver, film scores for the movies, Commando, Nina Takes a Lover, and The Mystic Masseur, as well as ads for Minute Maid, Sony, and the popular SIMs computer games. Tom’s composing talents have earned him grants from the prestigious Meet the Composer Foundation five times over and his dedication to musical education has won Tom many invitations as an artist in residence at numerous universities and colleges throughout the U.S.
Pam Mingle (Teen Lit: It’s Not Little Women Anymore, Dorothy!) spent half her career as a librarian and the other half as a teacher in the Littleton Public Schools. After retiring she began to pursue her dream of writing for children and young adults. Recently, she completed her fourth novel, a young-adult time travel fantasy called Saving Shakespeare. She hasn’t been published yet, but has received recognition through regional writing contests. Pam belongs to a wonderful group of writers, all of whom have helped nurture her writing. Learn more about Pam and her interests at PamMingle.com (My Life in Books).
Bob Mendes (Unconventional Warfare, Winning wars in the 21st century) is a retired oil and gas engineer with a BS degree in Petroleum Engineering, He spent 35 years working in the oil business in both technical and managerial jobs. Bob also is a founding partner in a start up oil production company, and is active in the sailing club at the lake where his sailboat is moored.
Bob traveled the world in his career in the oil industry, finally retiring to the best place of all, Colorado. Among his interests is military history, and he enjoys sharing this important subject with other Academy members.
Dr. John Pitlick (More CU Science Stars: The Cutting Edge Demystified – Thursday) is a Professor in the Geography Department. His research focuses on linkages between surface-water hydrology and geomorphology in river basins across the western USA. He has directed several studies sponsored by the US Fish and Wildlife Service to determine how hydrologic changes in the Colorado River basin have affected habitats used by native fishes, including the endangered Colorado pikeminnow and the razorback sucker. He works closely with US Forest Service scientists in Fort Collins to develop tools to quantify the effects of hydrologic alterations on mountain stream channels. Pitlick is also co-director of the Graduate Program in Hydrologic Sciences at CU-Boulder (http://hydrosciences.colorado.edu).
One of last year’s favorite discussion leaders, Greg Raih (What If? Re-imagining More Turning Points of History) will be back to analyze the impact of two larger-than-life historical figures: Chiang Kai-shek and General George C. Marshall and how their gambles and choices changed the course of events during the last half of the 20th century and today. Greg retired last year after an impressive 27-year career as partner at Arthur Andersen and KPMG where he provided accounting and financial reporting services to some of the state’s largest companies in the cable, utility, energy, manufacturing and mining industries. A graduate of Notre Dame, Greg is an avid sports enthusiast, reader and history buff. He has played many of the world’s best golf courses and intends to continue that pursuit with his wife, Mollie, and their three grown children. With China emerging as a major world power, Greg’s discussion will be timely and, knowing Greg, well-researched and entertaining.
Kathleen Reilly Sevier, (What If? Re-imagining More Turning Points of History) is a newcomer to The Academy and, as a part time resident of France, uniquely qualified to examine Napolean Bonaparte’s impact on the world and what might have been had he turned his lust for conquest on the United States. Kathleen has an undergraduate degree in International Economics from Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service and a law degree from DU. She worked in the legal departments of Storage Tech and First Data as Associate General Counsel. Fluent in French and passionate about philosophy and history, Kathleen and her husband Phil own four vineyards (two in Bordeaux and two in the Loire Valley) and import and distribute wines through their company, Sevier Wines. Bienvenue, Kathleen.
Kay Robinson (Experts and Entertainers: What Cultures Dictated the Way We Furnish Our Houses) was voted outstanding educator in 3 different school systems, as well as winner of the Ross Perot Award for Teaching Excellence. She has led seminars on topics ranging from couples’ communication to the history of Mexico. The seminar on Housing and Comfort is the result of years of travel and study about the history of buildings and furniture—and the way in which our homes reflect and create our current culture.
Dr. Gretchen H. Stein (CU Science Stars: The Cutting Edge Demystified-Wednesday) is a member of the research faculty in the Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology at the University of Colorado. Currently her research addresses specific questions that relate to either the maturation of insulin-secretion in pancreatic beta cells or to the toxicity of the amyloid-beta peptide in Alzheimer’s disease, and previously she studied the molecular mechanisms for cellular aging. In 2003, she began teaching a class about the Cellular Basis of Disease, which deals with diseases such as Type 2 diabetes, atherosclerosis and Alzheimer’s disease, and analyzes how factors such as obesity, inflammation and oxidative stress contribute to their development.
Colin Thurmond (Contemporary Classical Music: Principles & Performance) began his musical training at the age of 11. Thurmond is currently pursuing his Masters of Music with Maestro Ricardo Iznaola after graduating Magna Cum Laude and being awarded the 2007 Senior Recital of Distinction and the Elective Recital of Distinction in the same year. He was also prizewinner in the University Concerto Competition in 2007 and Winner of the in the University Chamber Music Competition in 2009. He has studied composition with Stephen Goss from the University of Surrey and with William Hill and Chris Malloy from the University of Denver. In addition, Colin maintains a passionate interest in chamber music, performing with Eisteddfod, voice and guitar duo. Thurmond’s interests include a strong commitment to contemporary music, aiming for the expansion of repertoire through composition and commissioning of new works.
Despite his busy medical practice at St. Anthony Hospitals Senior Health Center, Dr. David Wallack (Impressionism, Part 1) has spent over sixty hours studying the impressionists in the last year. Born and raised in New York City, he grew up in sight of Yankee Stadium and just a subway ride away from great art museums. David got his first introduction to art history at Columbia College and continues to indulge his love for art at museums in cities across the U.S. and around the world. Like art, baseball has remained a lifelong interest (fixation?) for him, so don’t be surprised when he drops baseball statistics into the conversation. “I maintain an active outdoor lifestyle, and despite time constraints, I try to follow interests in reading (primarily contemporary novels and biographies), sports trivia, and film and art appreciation.”
Dr. Paulette Wasserstein (Contemporary Short Stories – 2007: More Fuel for Reflection) has always loved sharing “a good read.” Her career in public education, teaching high school English, afforded her endless opportunities to open student thinking by way of the printed word. In the early 1990’s after many wonderful years of teaching reading and writing at Cherry Creek High School and adult education at the U of P departments of Communication and Masters of Education, Paulette was inspired to contribute to education on state and national levels. With a PhD in Educational Leadership, she was contracted to work as an independent consultant with many school districts and administrators to create challenging curricula and to provide teacher training to raise literacy levels for students in K-12.
Dr. Jim White (More CU Science Stars: The Cutting Edge Demystified – Thursday) is a Professor in the Department of Geological Sciences and also in the Environmental Studies Program. He is the Director of the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research. As the past Director of Environmental Studies Program at CU he helped to establish and expand that Program during its first decade. He is the current chair of the Polar Research Board of the National Academy of Sciences and chair of the University of Colorado Lutheran Campus Ministry Advisory Board.
His research interests are broad, but all revolve around human impacts on the environment. Specific areas of research include studying the global carbon cycle, both modern and in the past, and reconstructing past environmental conditions using ice cores. He is working now on new deep ice cores in Greenland as well as Antarctica. He was one of the first scientists to identify abrupt climate changes that typify large climate shifts on our planet. He is the author of over one hundred peer reviewed publications, and is a Highly Cited Author in the Geosciences, one of the top one-half of one percent in his field in citations of his work.
At CU he teaches a large lecture class in Environmental Studies, as well as a course on energy, the carbon cycle and climate change. He is actively engaged in exploring new paradigms of education in environmental studies, and has worked steadily to break down disciplinary barriers between the social sciences, natural sciences, humanities, journalism, arts and business to better train students in the area of environmental change.
Dr. Mark Winey (CU Science Stars: The Cutting Edge Demystified – Wednesday) is a Professor in the Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He joined the department in 1991 as an Assistant Professor after post-doctoral studies at the University of Washington. He earned his PhD from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 1988. He has taught introductory genetics for 10 years, and has taught other introductory courses prior to that. His early research work was with baker’s yeast, Saccharomyces cerevisiae. More recently his research group has also worked with human tissue culture cells and with the ciliate, Tetrahymena thermophila, which has rather odd genetics. Most recently, Dr. Winey spent a sabbatical year in the human genetics lab of Dr. Philip Beales at the Institute for Child Health, Great Ormond Street Hospital, University College London supported by a Guggenheim Fellowship. Dr. Winey has been Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences, he has received the American Cancer Society Junior Faculty Research Development Award, and a National Science Foundation Young Investigator Award.
One of the Academy’s most accredited facilitators, Rear Admiral Richard (Dick) E. Young (The War in the Pacific, 1941-1945 and What If? Reimagining History’s Turning Points) will be back to help us navigate the “what ifs” for the colorful and fascinating Teddy Roosevelt who famously described his successor, Taft, as a “a flubdub with a streak of the second-rate and common in him.” Dick’s knowledge of both military history and politics make him ideally suited for an exploration of this period in our country. Dick has a BA from the University of Michigan and graduated with honors from the United States Navy’s Officer Candidate School, after which he was ordered to the destroyer, USS MADDOX (DD731) where he served two tours in several official capacities. After leaving active duty, he obtained his JD from the University of Michigan and was Assistant Editor of the Michigan Law Review. His years in Denver have been no less impressive. He practiced law and remained active in the Naval Reserve as well as in numerous civic and political organizations. His awards, citations and commendations are literally too many to mention but his greatest pride and pleasure are his wife Lorie, to whom he has been married over 50 years, and his four grown daughters.